Marc Methot really does want to start wearing a visor. He knows the dangers of playing without one. He was reminded again in Detroit on Wednesday, when Pavel Datsyuk flipped the puck up, then hit it again in mid-air, trying to get around the stubborn Senators defenceman.

Instead, the puck hit Methot just above he left eye, leaving a gash that needed three stitches. By the mess, you would have thought many more.

"It was nothing," Methot said Friday morning. "It just bled a lot because of this area, the tissue is so thin."

After blocking a shot with his face and missing the final 28 games of the 2007 season with a jaw that was fractured in two places, you would have also thought the then-Columbus Blue Jacket would be wearing as much face protection as possible by now.

But it's not just old dogs that have difficulty learning new tricks. The 28-years-young Methot has played mostly without a visor since he was a junior, and as much as he "would like to make the transition," it isn't as simple as moving the puck into the neutral zone.